Category Archives: Professionalism

Owning your mistakes

As you read this, I would like you to picture me wincing and making a sour face (like I just bit a lemon or something). This is because what I am about to say is not very pleasant. It is … Continue reading

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The right words

It is worth it to take the time to find the right words to use. Unfortunately there is often not enough time to find the right words. The best time to find them is before you need them because that … Continue reading

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Down time

College is designed to teach you a bunch of stuff, but one of the biggest lessons comes from “finals week”. This part of the semester also includes the week before finals, when nearly every goshdarn class seems to have a … Continue reading

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Value of a senior developer – part 3

In part 1, I talked about some unusual interview questions that were posed to me: 1) What does a company get from a senior developer for all of that extra cost? 2) You have a lot of experience with leadership, … Continue reading

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What to look for in a boss

Most people don’t often get the chance to interview or pick their next boss. It has actually happened to me a few times in my career. The first time, I had no idea what to look-for, or what to ask. … Continue reading

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Raising over-performers

Years ago, I was in a company that wrote software for other companies. We had a great reputation and our sales reps were doing a great job at bringing us more work to do. It didn’t take long for my … Continue reading

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Why it’s not my fault, why it is, and why it doesn’t matter

When things go bad, people have a tendency to want to blame folks. It is a bad habit, but people do it anyway. When I was much younger, I had trouble shouldering responsibility. When things went wrong, I didn’t want … Continue reading

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